My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thanksgiving at the Nickels - Sortwell House, Wiscasset, Maine

Nickels-Sortwell House
124 Main Street
Wiscasset, Maine

This historic house, built in 1807 by Capt. William Nickels is a few blocks from the Castle Tucker house built the same year. (I wrote about Castle Tucker recently.) This is a magnificent house, and we couldn't wait to tour it. When Capt. Nickels suffered financial hardship, the house became a hotel, then a summer home for the Sortwell family of Massachusetts. For more information about the house, please see website.

Front entrance and stairs.

I spotted this delightful room before the tour began.

Enlarged so you can see the interior shutters, to block out sun or help keep the room warm.
Front double parlor.
This dining room table is where the Sortwell's had their Thanksgiving dinner, per the magazine picture and article below.
Portraits of Sophia Augusta Foye Sortwell and Alvin Sortwell.

View of Sheepscot River from a room.

Up to 2nd floor, and large window /door with small patio.

I love this bedroom, and that's why there are 4 photos.

Another 2nd floor bedroom.

Third floor

Looking out on Main Street, and Sheepscot River (below).

Third floor bedroom.

Interior shot of the front door.

Sheepscot River, and the popular, Red's Eats (above, to the left and below).

More than a month after the tour, we returned to the area, and the sky was very threatening. I took this picture to show the difference from the first one taken in early September.
We were given a two page write-up about the Sortwell's Thanksgiving dinner, complete with recipes. The print is small and light, but perhaps you'll be able to enlarge it to read.

Google map showing location of the Nickels-Sortwell House, blue center marker, Castle Tucker is the other blue marker.

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